Our first interview was today. Now, think what you like, but this is MY blog and I can say what I want about the kind of care I want for Carson. She was sweet and someone I would use as a babysitter, but not for full time care. There are a few reasons:
1/ She was young (mid 20's maybe). No daycare experience. She was a nanny for 11 months, but no ECE or daycare experience.
2/ A single mom of a 6 month old (and I was raised by a single mom so don't think I have anything against them) Her son's name? Carson (this had NOTHING to do with why we didn't go with her, just thought I should point it out. I haven't heard of any kids around his age with his same name)
3/ She was taking on 4 more kids. The oldest? 17 months. To me - that's ALOT. 5 kids under the age of 2??
4/ We asked where Carson would sleep. She said they would be sleeping in a room with a bed and two playpens. I'm sorry but I don't think 3 - 1year olds are going to sleep in the same room.
5/ She was charging MORE then the licensed daycare.
I came home and broke into tears. I just lost it. Not because the first interview wasn't the girl we decided to go with. More so because everything was just falling into place and this was the first stumbling block. I just came home and snuggled with Carson, was reading him a book and the tears started flowing. Maybe I was too confident thinking that I'm OK with this. But when I went out, and started to actually talk to people who potentially could be helping me raise my child, it freaked me out. I'll be OK tomorrow, I have 4 more interviews set up and I'm going to keep on making more. I've got the word out with quite a few people who are also asking around for me, so I know something will come up. I will just have this uneasy feeling in my stomach until I do.